Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the Senate’s only African-American Republican, is partnering with Jimmy Kemp of the Jack Kemp Foundation on a new effort to encourage more minority conservatives to run for office.
Tim said: “I have oftentimes been described as a unicorn. I’m a very unique brand in the Republican movement,”
A non-profit organization launched in June named him honorary chairman of the Empower American Project, which will host “boot camps” for prospective Republican candidates and potentially offer them resources such as advertising.
The project admits conservatives from various backgrounds; it aims to identify and educate minority leaders on the political procedures, rules and communication skills, and to also educate the public about conservative candidates.
Part of Scott’s new role is to help encourage and promote candidates for local and state-wide offices.
Scott said that his goal is to see “that the conservative movement… be populated in every corridor of the country” and to ensure that “minority candidates, more women candidates, will be leading the charge and carrying the flag of conservatism.”
Scott said he always meets conservative minorities whenever he travels and hopes that by pushing them to run for office, those candidates can, in turn, recruit others.
The project’s executive director Jimmy Kemp said in a statement that “Sen. Scott is an inspiration to so many people all across the country,” “His story is proof positive that the American Dream is alive and well no matter where you come from or who your parents are.”
Jimmy added. “Empower America Project seeks leaders who embody the Tim Scott philosophy – conservatives who want to make sure all Americans have the opportunity to achieve their dreams,”
On June 26 the project celebrated its launch at the National press club and Scott. In attendance were Rep. Elise Stefanik, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.)
Stefanik is behind E-PAC, a political action committee that focuses on recruiting women and supporting their elections so far she has been active in recruiting Republican women to run for congress.
In June, all efforts put in place to encourage More GOP women to run for office were crushed, when one of the Rep of 13 Republican women, Rep. Susan Brooks (Ind.) announced her retirement.
Rep. Susan Brooks has been influential in recruiting women to run for offices and for the 2020 cycle she is the recruitment chair for the National Republican Congressional Committee